To Our Children's Children's Children

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To Our Children's Children's Children
Studio album by The Moody Blues
Released 21 November 1969
Recorded May–September 1969 at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, England
Genre Progressive rock
Length 40:15
Label Threshold Records
Producer Tony Clarke
The Moody Blues chronology
On the Threshold of a Dream
(1969)On the Threshold of a Dream1969
To Our Children's Children's Children
A Question of Balance
(1970)A Question of Balance1970
Singles from To Our Children's Children's Children
  1. "Watching and Waiting"
    Released: 31 October 1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

To Our Children's Children's Children is the fifth album by The Moody Blues, released in November 1969.


The album was the first released on the group's newly formed Threshold record label, which was named after the band's previous album from the same year, On the Threshold of a Dream. It was inspired by the 1969 moon landing, and the songs centre on the twin themes of space travel and children, with minor-key tonalities and a distinct psychedelic influence.[citation needed] It is the fourth of what are popularly considered the group's "core seven" (or Classic Seven) albums from 1967 to 1972.


While the extracted single, "Watching and Waiting," did not do well in that market, To Our Children's Children's Children was critically well-received and sold well, reaching number 2 in the UK albums chart[2] and number 14 in the US.[3] The album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic.

The album was one of those listened to, on cassette tape, by the crew of Apollo 15 in 1971.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Higher and Higher" Graeme Edge Pinder (narration) 4:07
2. "Eyes of a Child I" John Lodge Lodge 3:24
3. "Floating" Ray Thomas Thomas 3:02
4. "Eyes of a Child II" Lodge Lodge 1:20
5. "I Never Thought I'd Live to Be a Hundred" Justin Hayward Hayward 1:05
6. "Beyond" Edge   2:59
7. "Out and In" Mike Pinder, Lodge Pinder 3:50
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gypsy (Of a Strange and Distant Time)" Hayward Hayward 3:33
2. "Eternity Road" Thomas Thomas 4:19
3. "Candle of Life" Lodge Lodge, Hayward 4:15
4. "Sun Is Still Shining" Pinder Pinder 3:40
5. "I Never Thought I'd Live to Be a Million" Hayward Hayward 0:34
6. "Watching and Waiting" Hayward, Thomas Hayward 4:16

In March 2006, the album was remastered into SACD and repackaged into a 2CD Deluxe Edition.

In 2008, a remaster for single standard audio CD was issued with the five bonus tracks.

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1969 UK Albums Chart 2
1970 Billboard 200 14



  1. ^ To Our Children's Children's Children at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Moody Blues | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Moody Blues – Chart History | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ "HSA Space Exploration and Aviation Auction Catalog #6000". Heritage Capital Corporation. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2018 – via Google Books. 

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